Animal Licensing and Environmental Protection Officer

Job Type:
Job Sector:
Public Sector
South West
Salary Description:
Competitive Rate Offered
Kenyon Block Consultants
Job Ref:
KBC 2480

We are looking for an Environmental Protection Officer (Animals) to join our south west England local authority client on a temporary basis

Role reports to Licensing Manager

Job Purpose:

To assist the Dog wardens and take lead officer responsibility for the dog warden service including dog fouling, strays and dangerous dogs.
To promote compliance with Environmental Health and Animal legislation specialising in issues relating to dogs and other animals including the encouragement of responsible ownership.
To challenge the behaviour of people who are responsible for ‘Envirocrime’ principally relating to dog Fouling and work with partners including other Council service areas to find joined up solutions.
To participate in and contribute to the development and implementation of initiatives and standards for effective and efficient provision of services within the division.

Key Accountabilities:

1. To assist and support the day to day work of the dog warden and arrange or provide cover in their absence.
2. To provide a link between the dog warden service and other sections/organisations involved with envirocrime (e.g. Waste Management, local Services, Community Safety Partnership, the Neighbourhood Wardens and the Police) to find joined up solutions to the problems of envirocrime.
3. To take lead officer responsibility for promoting responsible pet ownership, investigating complaints of nuisance from domestic and exotic pets and carrying out licensing and enforcement of pet shops and animal boarding establishments and riding establishments.
4. In accordance with the Councils Generic Lone working safety policy undertake the relevant provisions of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 in respect of issuing fixed penalty notices.
5. To carry out or supervise inspections as necessary to discharge the Councils licensing duties in relation to The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities) (England) Regulations 2018.
6. Keep such records as may be required to ensure that the Division may satisfactorily discharge its responsibilities and monitor its achievement.
7. To respond to media enquiries as may be required under the direction and guidance of the Licensing Manager.
8. To give such advice and undertake initiatives as may be required to promote the work of the section including training events, press articles or other publicity matters.
9. Undertake any other duties that can be accommodated within the grading level of the post.

Typical tasks supervised/allocated to others:

Complaints/requests for service from public
Monitoring performance against agreed business plan targets and to agree corrective actions may be required

Job Scope:

Title: Environmental Protection Officer Animal Welfare

Knowledge and Experience:

Experience of working with and handling animals, in particular dogs
Specialist knowledge of animal health and welfare legislation
To be IT literate – to be able to use ICT packages, analyse and interpret data and to input information on to departmental IT systems.
Able to handle conflict and cope with aggression from others.
Able to be assertive
Able to deal sympathetically and be empathetic with members of the public
Able to work on own initiative and as part of a team
Flexible, able to cope with a variety of tasks

Decision Making:

Ability to prioritise and drive cases on the basis of their public health importance and significance to the Council
Able to be pragmatic and recognise the best course of action for the public good
Able to identify instances of non-compliance and to secure evidence to support enforcement action
Contacts and Relationships:
Producing letters and reports to inform and advise as well as verbal information and presentations to: -
Team members and managers
Members and managers in other service areas including planning, crime and disorder and the Police.
Members of the public
Public bodies and commercial companies including Veterinary Practices, The operators of the dog pound and various Charitable animal groups
Creativity and Innovation:
Able to understand and interpret changing legal requirements, development in best practice and public demands and to take a lead role in the adaptation and development service delivery.
Able to interpret legal requirements and best practice and explain them in layman’s terms to members of the public/businesses to ensure compliance

Job Specific Competencies:

All jobs have the responsibility to comply with the Directorate Health and Safety Policy and with the Council’s Policy on Diversity.
In accordance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 2018, jobholders should take reasonable care to ensure that personal data is not disclosed outside Council procedures, or use personal data held on others for their own purposes. In accordance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, ensure requests for non-personal information are dealt with in accordance with the Council’s written procedures.

Please send your CV through to

Contact Details:
Kenyon Block Consultants
Tel: 020 8360 7289
Contact: Phyllis Kenyon

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